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About the NELT Hub

Who we are and what we do including our vision, our team and our experience.


The role of the NELT Teaching School Hub


Our Hub exists quite simply to offer fantastic training and development for aspiring, early career, and experienced teachers.

By offering outstanding professional development at every stage of their careers, we aim to equip, enable and inspire teachers and leaders across the North East to be exceptional in their field. This is an exciting opportunity for our region and we will work hard to make it a success.


We will engage with schools and other partners to ensure our work builds on the existing excellent practice and responds to local needs. This will include building on our existing relationships and networks as well as forging new ones.

Our vision 

The NELT Teaching School Hub is part of the wider North East Learning Trust multi-academy Trust.  We share a single, overarching vision across the Trust that "Every child experiences excellence every day." Everything our Hub does ultimately works towards this simple common aspiration, which we have not only for children in our own Trust schools, but for all children across our region. 

Meet the NELT Hub team

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Lydia Lowery

Director of NELT Institute

Lydia has worked at North East Learning Trust since 2015. Lydia works very closely with SCITT partnership schools across the region and, through this role, has had the privilege of supporting trainees and mentors trainees in over 80 schools across the north east. Before joining NELT, Lydia worked as a teaching and learning lead and history teacher.

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Chris Peacock

Deputy Director of Teaching School

Chris joined North East Learning Trust in 2017. He works closely with over 90 schools in the region to support teachers in the early part of their careers and provides professional development for those in roles spanning from senior leadership to headship. Before joining NELT, Chris worked as a primary classroom practitioner, senior leader and headteacher.

Susan Ingram

Susan Ingram

Deputy Director of SCITT and Research School

Susan's previous role was Head of History - she has 19 years of teaching experience across three different schools. 

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Graham Rose

Strategic Lead for Teaching and Learning

Graham joined the North East Learning Trust In 2019. For two years, he worked as a Professional Tutor at Teesdale School and Sixth Form, helping ITT students and ECTs start their teaching journey and providing training for ECTs and mentors in the North East. In 2021, he transitioned to the Appropriate Body Service, ensuring the quality of ECTs' statutory induction, monitoring their support, and assessing their progress.

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Leanne Storr

Operations Manager

Leanne has worked within the Teaching School Hub for over eight years having spent much of that time supporting the administration and management of the Hub's teacher training arm, North East SCITT. 

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Kay Athey

Early Career Framework Manager

Kay joined the Teaching School Hub in 2022. Kay ensures the smooth operation of our Early Career Framework and Appropriate Body services, serving as the go-to person for all Early Career Development matters.

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